You are in the wine producing region of Chianti, not far from Montalcino and from here you can easily access the ancient towns of San Gimigniano, Pienza, Montepulciano and Monteriggioni. Siena is the perfect town for experiencing Tuscany.
Siena is also rich in student life including programs in language school and and other Italian courses as well many music courses and a summer music festival.
If you come here in August and July don't miss the Palio - which is an historic horse race around the beautiful Piazza del Campo involving the 17 contrades in Siena.
Al Mangia: [Piazza del Campo 0577 28112] Probably the best restaurant in the famous square, Piazza del Campo. Dining al fresco is a beathtaking experience
Osteria le Logge: [Via del Porrione 0577 48013] Certainly one of the best trattorias in Siena. Great traditional tuscan menu and very popular with the locals. Closed Sundays
Osteria la Chiacchiera: [Costa di San Antonio 0577 280631] A cosy trattoria serving traditional Sienese dishes, which are difficult to find elsewhere. Booking essential especially at the week-end.
Antica Trattoria Botteganova: [Strada Chiantigiana 0577 284230] Just on the outskirts of Siena on the S408 to Pianella. Good fish and traditional tuscan dishes on the menu but with a twist. The head chief is from Calabria which brings in a Mediterranean influence. Fantastic local cuisine and superb wine list. Booking advised. Closed Mondays